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Police Make Arrest For Brevard Incendiary Devices

Matt Bush
Blue Ridge Public Radio

Authorities have arrested a Brevard man and charged him with leaving several incendiary devices around the city on Sunday.64-year-old Terry Lee Barham was arrested Tuesday and charged with three counts of terrorism and a long list of other charges.  According to a Facebook post by Brevard Police, those include possession of a weapon of mass destruction, transportation of a weapon of mass destruction, manufacturing of a weapon of mass destruction, malicious damage to a government building, attempted malicious damage to a government building, attempted malicious damage to a church, and attempted malicious damage to an occupied building.

Credit Brevard Police
Terry Lee Barham

Several incendiary devices were found at various buildings in Brevard on Sunday.  The first was discovered Sunday morning on the campus of the First Baptist Church of Brevard.  Then multiple devices were found at the Transylvania County Community Services Building, and a single one at an American Legion Lodge.  No injuries were reported in any of the incidents according to police, who say the devices at the Community Services Building and American Legion Lodge did detonate, leaving 'superficial' damage.    

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.